Half Of U.S. Workers Have Quit Their Job Because They Disliked Their Boss

Amy Schaeffer

If you've left a job that you've otherwise liked simply because you disliked your boss, you're in great company -- company the size of half of the United States. And while that statistic is huge, it's just as likely that your boss doesn't like their job, either.

The new Gallup study of 7,272 adults showed that half had left careers simply because of an unbearable boss. Workers may hate their higher-ups, but the feeling may be mutual. Gallup also found that managers weren't satisfied with their work situation, either. Just 35 percent of U.S. managers said they felt engaged on the job. Fifty-one percent said they weren't actively engaged while at work, and 14 percent confessed that they actively tune out at work, and give very little effort to their job. Jim Harter, chief researcher at Gallup regarding workplace productivity, says he is continuously surprised by the staggering numbers of unhappy workers.

"When managers aren't engaged, it affects their employees, which in turn affects productivity, whether people stay or leave, how often they're absent, and then ultimately productivity."
"Obviously, organizations can't just change out all their managers in the short term, but they can control who they name [as manager] next, based on their natural talent to motivate others and engage workers."

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